Join the Scholars Institute Fellows Program (SIFP)!

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Welcome to Princeton University, Tigercubs!

We are thrilled that you are thinking of joining our community. We’d like to take this opportunity to tell you more about amazing resources available just for FLI (first-generation and/or low-income students) at the University!

The Scholars Institute Fellows Program (SIFP) is a four-year scholars program dedicated to first-generation, low-income Princeton students. SIFP provides scholars with individualized mentorship and guidance from upperclass students, faculty and staff. SIFP Fellows also receive guided exposure to enrichment opportunities both on and off campus: think internships, fellowships, scholarships, and campus jobs!

SIFP really helped create a community of people that I felt I could relate to. It offered a lot of information abot opportunities that I could take advantage of. Through SIFP I got my job at the McGraw center, learned about the Prison Teaching Initiative, and had opportunities to network and to develop skills like resume-building and writing research proposals.
– Karina Aguilar Guerrero ‘20

In addition, after their freshman year, SIFP Fellows are eligible for funded leadership, mentorship, and research experiences. Most importantly, SIFP Fellows have the chance to make new friends through weekly mentorship groups, fun social events, and off-campus trips to Six Flags, Boston, and Niagara Falls, among other destinations. Above all, SIFP helps students develop a tight-knit community where they feel welcome, motivated, and supported.

What I like most about SIFP is that it creates a sense of community among students spread out all across campus. It feels good to know that I am part of a support network of students and SIFP administrators who are there to help at a moment’s notice. SIFP events are always fun and informative and the people are awesome.
David Lopera ’19

We hope that you’ll join our SIFPrinceton community!

You will find applications for SIFP on our website starting September 1. Until then, feel free to get in touch with us – Dr. Nimisha Barton (, Dean Khristina Gonzalez ( and Dr. Keith Shaw (!

We look forward to meeting you all in the fall!

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Nimisha Barton *14, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Freshman Scholars Institute and Programs for Access and Inclusion

Before joining the FSI team in June 2015, Dr. Barton was a graduate student in the History Department at Princeton University. During her graduate career, she served as a Resident Graduate Student or RGS for Rocky College (in 2012), a Writing Fellow for the Princeton Writing Center (in 2013), and a Lecturer for the “Ways of Knowing” course (in 2014) for the Freshman Scholars Institute. Dr. Barton has taught a variety of courses at institutions in the area, including a writing seminar in the Princeton Writing Program. She has also worked as a Project Manager in the Office of Development at Princeton University where she gained a broad understanding of the University's diversity and inclusion initiatives. She is excited to work in the Office of Programs for Access and Inclusion, which includes FSI, the Mellon Mays Program (MMUF), and the Scholars Institute Fellows Program (SIFP). 

Dr. Barton holds a Ph.D. in History as well as certificates in Gender and Sexuality Studies and the McGraw Teaching Program from Princeton University. Her research considers the role of gender and sexuality in determining the boundaries of modern nation-states.

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